Arunachal Pradesh is seeking UNESCO World Heritage tag for the Apatani cultural landscape in Ziro Valley under Lower Subansiri district of the state and Thembang Dzong, a fortified village in West Kameng district. Both these sites have made it to the tentative list of UNESCO and is now vying for a place in the final list of world heritage sites. It is reported that the government has taken extensive repair and conservation works in the two proposed sites to ensure that they meet all criteria for inclusion in the final list.
In April 2014, 22 sites in the country, including the ones in Arunachal, were included in the tentative list of UNESCO.The final list, however, is pending an UN agency approval.
The Apatani cultural landscape is known for the unique agricultural techniques practiced within the community where the farmers rear fish in paddy fields and grow millet on the bunds (partitions) between the rice plots. This landscape was included in the tentative list for its unique settlement system and man-nature relationship.
The fortified village of Thembang Dzong in West Kameng district is spread across 3.2 acres and has two gates – one at the north and one at the south. The dzong (fort), surrounding ancient and historical structures, is a traditional settlement of the Monpa tribe. Traditional wood carvings, paintings and manuscripts, have been etched on the walls of the dzong are a treat to watch.